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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Otter and Other

We went through all the motions
Until all went motionless

The otter frollicked turning everything
Into a game of joy to being alive

Touch became accidental to our ways
Once when we could touch, there could be nothing more

The otter nipped the turtle
Flipped about as it played

Words dripped from our tongues
Heavy like molasses as the intent fades away

Down the hill of grass the otter slides into the river
Over and over like a little child

Reason lost to accusations, accusations took it's toll
Accusations took over time, creating false crime

I watch as the otter swims on it's way
Dipping, diving to where I can't say

Now I sit in darkness and full moon night
Wondering how could something turn so wrong that once was so right

Submitted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Edited: Monday, June 24, 2013


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  • Bobby Wynn (8/9/2013 4:20:00 PM)

    The otter person must have been mad at you.

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  • Diane Hine (7/25/2013 8:14:00 PM)

    Great, the way you've used very different animals to represent different personalities and the tricky relationship between them.

  • Heather Wilkins (7/8/2013 6:21:00 PM)

    a good story about the otter. the otter nipped the turtle flipped about as it played. nice

  • Valsa George (7/4/2013 11:31:00 AM)

    I went through the poem and the story of the otter and the turle! But they slided and glided into the unconscious! What lingers in my conscious mind is the puzzling question....How could something turn so wrong that once was so right! A very quizzical write!

  • Smoky Hoss (7/4/2013 11:23:00 AM)

    Profound and fascinating presentation of thoughts. Wonderful.

  • Dave Walker (7/2/2013 2:25:00 PM)

    Sometimes the truth gets put to one side to let the accusations
    take over, a really fantastic poem, Sometimes the truth does
    come back, but not very often. Really fantastic. (This is what I saw in the poem) .

  • Somanathan Iyer (6/29/2013 11:32:00 AM)

    It is human tendency change perceptions. What appeared very dear earlier becomes a hated lot later. A nice write.

  • Paul Brookes (6/28/2013 7:58:00 AM)

    A fascinating insight and a many layered poem 10/10 BB =: OD

  • Patricia Grantham (6/27/2013 7:50:00 AM)

    My belief is that the tale of the otter is a story
    of fun and frolicking. On the other hand we all
    wish that romance could be that same way.
    Unfortunately it is not. A thought provoking
    write. Enjoyed it.

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (6/27/2013 6:38:00 AM)

    the otter and the turtle..the scenic expression with lots of doubt..Why?

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